Energy Accelerator

The LEP’s Energy Accelerator is an innovative programme designed to help low carbon and energy efficient projects become a reality where they may otherwise not have been completed due to a lack of capacity, expertise and funding.

The Energy Accelerator is the only programme of its kind anywhere in the UK and is funded by the Leeds City Region Growth Deal and the European Investment Bank’s European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) programme.

It offers support and funding for low-carbon projects in Leeds City Region, enabling at least £120 million worth of capital investment and helping the City Region achieve our aim of being a net zero carbon economy by 2038 at the latest.

It also provides technical, commercial and legal services to the public, private, academic and community sectors to develop low carbon projects in four key sectors:

  • the installation of commercial and domestic retrofit technologies onto buildings that will improve energy efficiency, decrease energy demand and/or use renewable energy
  • integration of renewable energy sources into buildings such as solar thermal collectors and biomass
  • upgrading street lighting and traffic signals
  • renovating, extending or building new district heat and cooling networks using renewable heat sources to reduce carbon emissions and increase carbon efficiency.

Project overview

Project lead: West Yorkshire Combined Authority
District / area: Leeds City Region
Business case summary: Read the full document
Funding: 3.5 million Euro from European Investment Bank
Project status: Activity 6: delivery
Start and end dates: September 2018 – August 2021
Other funders:£0.820 million Leeds City Region Growth Fund
Get in touch (contact info): Patricia Davey Jelena Covic


Eligibility criteria

  • Minimum project value of £150,000
    (if less, projects could potentially be aggregated with other similar smaller projects)
  • Must reach Point of Delivery 31st July 2021
  • Every £1 of Energy Accelerator support must leverage at least £20 capital investment

Case studies

Beckfoot Trust: Energy Efficiency Retrofit (Energy Efficiency)

The Beckfoot Trust is comprised of a number of primary, secondary and special educational need schools in Bradford. The Trust uses a total of over 13.5 million KWh of gas and electricity per year and aims to significantly reduce its running costs for its buildings by implementing a range of energy conservation measures to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and save money. The retrofit measures are expected to save 1.38 GWh of energy, 300 tonnes of CO2 and £95,000 per year.

Barnsley Council District Heat Network

Barnsley Council is receiving help from the Energy Accelerator to build a district heat network in Barnsley Civic Quarter which includes Barnsley Town Hall, Westgate Plaza and Barnsley College. When completed it will reduce energy costs, minimise carbon emissions and provide competitively priced energy.

Leeds Pipes Phase 2

Building one the first phase of the Leeds Pipes district heat network, the second phase will provide low cost, low carbon heat to the city centre including Leeds Museum, Leeds Town Hall and the Civic Hall.

This page was last updated in Q4 2019/2020